Top 6 Worthy Places To Visit in Bangalore
I have always held Bangalore at a high pedestal. May be, it’s overall image & perception for being one of the most sophisticated and multi-cultural cosmopolitan city that got ingrained in my mind over my teenage years. It also might have something to do with so many “IT or Software Companies” being present. Overall it’s been 3 times for me in Bangalore and I can say that I managed to explore the city quite a bit, if not totally. Just like any other city, it’s wonderful to note some of the worth-going places to visit in Bangalore and this is my take on what all places you can visit when you are in this city. But first some basics about the city:
Bangalore As A City
Bangalore, now officially known as Bengaluru, is the capital of the state of Karnataka. With about 85 Lakh people staying in the city, it becomes one of the top 3 most populous cities in India, after Mumbai and Delhi. It has a beautiful weather all year round though, and earns the distinction of being the “Silicon Valley of India”, for it’s role of being the largest IT exporter. Once a quiet quaint town during the British-era, with their Cantonment located outside the city in those days, the local people often are found very emotional and attached to it’s old roots and way of living.
Places To Visit In Bangalore
Out of all the attractive places, the few given below are my personal favourites and I certainly think these are the places to visit in Bangalore:
Bangalore Palace was constructed in 1887 AD by Chamaraja Wodeyar, inspired by Windsor Castle. It actually gives a long deal similarity with Britain style of architecture and is wonderful to watch, with those high fortified towers, wooden works and lush green lawns. As it happens normally, the lawns have now been considerably reduced. Today, it is being said that this Bangalore Palace is widely used for Concerts, Cultural Programmes and Exhibitions.
Situated close to High Court, Cubbon Park derives it’s name from it’s longest serving Commissioner Mr Mark Cubbon, planned and formulated by Sir Richard Sankey in 1865 and is more than a hundred acres of lush green lawns, flowering trees and flower beds. I was amazed to look at the length, breadth and width of some of the trees, which was intimidating, to say the least. Department of Horticulture is responsible for the overall administration of this park.
- Open to public at all times except from 5 am to 8 pm everyday.
- The park has about 6,000 plants of 96 species in it’s locale.
- Don’t forget to visit the Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Hall – now converted into a Central Library.
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Lalbagh Botanical Garden, meaning the Red Garden, is one of the best places to visit in Bangalore. Spread over 250 acres of green expanse of land, the garden boasts of hundreds of varieties of medicinal plants, flowers etc. An initiative taken by Hyder Ali during 1750s, this has actually being maintained very well by the local authority. Twice a year, there is a Flower Show being conducted on Republic Day and Independence Day. I heard there is a permanent flower show going on but I am not sure. Besides, when you are walking around, do not miss the Lal Bagh Rock – this is said to be 300 Crore Years Old. Wow ! 🙂
- Visiting Hours: 8.00 am to 6.00 pm
- Entry Fees: INR 10/- per head
Sunrise at Nandi Hills
Located around 50 kms from Bangalore City Centre, on the way to International Airport on NH 7 a little ahead of Devanahalli, a sunrise on Nandi Hills is something you MUST include your itinerary. Nandi Hills is a hill fortress built by Tipu Sultan. Do visit the spot known as “Tipu Drop”, which used to be the spot from where criminals used to be dropped below. One of the untouched best places to visit in Bangalore, for sure.
It is a different matter that today Udaipur is called as the City of Lakes but there was a time when Bangalore was in the forefront as it had over 200 lakes, if my knowledge serves me correct. Only a handful remain today sadly. None-the-less, Ulsoor lake is one of the top tourist attraction spots and hence among the preferred places to visit in Bangalore. Covering an area of a little over 120 acres and with a small island in between, this spot has something for everyone, including for children.
- Pedal and row-boating is open for public @ INR 120/- per hour between 9.30 am to 5.30 pm on all days of the week, including government holidays – TRY THIS !
Bannerghatta National Park
Not much needs to be said about the Bannerghatta National Park as it is already on the bucketlist of the lot of people, even when they haven’t even visited it. National Parks have always intrigued me and also make me a little concerned on the conditions in which the animals live, the kind of food they get, whether it is enough, what about drinking water facilities for them etc. On my visit here, I particularly tried looking for the “health” of the animals around. I am glad I didn’t find any animal on the weaker side of health, except for their age factor – which is normal for every living species.
Divided into 3 major categories namely Zoo, Butterfly Park and Safari, the charges differ with Safari (in a normal bus) being the costliest @ INR 260 per person. You may also rent a jeep but it will take quite some money.
- Park is open on all days, except Tuesdays, from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm
- Audio facility, drinking water, parking space, restaurants, seating space in lawns and restrooms are available
- Please DO NOT TEASE OR HARM THE ANIMALS FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT and
- Respect their space… You are in their home & not vice versa
Do let me know how you found this write-up and if you think I should include any more places in my blog post, that are worth including… Shall be happy to explore those !